RARA-AVIS: Re: Top 100

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 23 Mar 2002

Oh, okay, I'll play too. Has Bill shown up yet to find up one topic has hijacked his list?

I'm trying to sort it out, but it's really hard to keep track of who has or hasn't been nominated or seconded, what with the flood of posts, counter posts and re-quoted and requoted posts. Someone should do a web page.

Anyway, here's a few I don't think have been mentioned/nominated/seconded:

Cliff Hardy by Peter Corris (series) Sid Halley by Dick Francis (trilogy) Jo Gar by Raoul Whitfield (short stories) Dave Brandstetter by Joseph Hansen (series) Jack Liffey by John Shannon (series) Nestor Burma by Leo Malet (series) Max Latin by Norbert Davis (short stories) Dan Roman by Edward Mathis (series) Ms Tree by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty (comics) Ed Clive by Leigh Brackett (No Good From a Corpse) Slot Machine Kelly by Dennis Lynds (short stories) Shaft by Ernest Tidyman (the books, not the films) Ginny Fistoulari by Reed Stephens (series) Benny Cooperman by Howard Engel (series) Jake Asch by Arthur Lyons (series) Carver by John Lutz (series) Bernie Gunther by Philip Kerr (series) Mitch Roberts by Gaylord Dold (series) Anna Lee by Liza Cody (series) Jim Sader by Delores Hitchens (Sleep with Slander) Tom O'Toole by Arthur Miller (Everybody Wins) Ben Perkins by Rob Kantner (short stories, series) Mac by Thomas Dewey (series) Frank Clemons by Thomas Cook (trilogy) Batman by Bob Kane (comics, books, film, TV, lunch boxes, etc...)

Of course, some of these are hard-boiled full-time, but most of them fluctuate. Even some of the shoe-ins (Marlowe, Archer, Hammer, Spenser, etc.) display tremendous amounts of gushing, oozing sentimentality at times. But we shouldn't hold that against them. They're hard when they have to be.

What's that line about Marlowe being hard enough to live in the world, but soft enough to deserve to live in it?


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